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May 30, 2012


Best Buy, AT&T, Verizon to Keynote CONNECTIONS™ at TIA, June 5-7, Gaylord Texan

Executive Conference addresses strategies for service providers and retailers in energy management, support, security, and multiscreen services

Parks Associates today announced the keynote speakers from AT&T, Best Buy, and Verizon for CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase at TIA 2012, June 5-7 at the Gaylord Texan. The keynotes will address the impact of broadband proliferation and the widespread adoption of connected and mobile CE devices. These factors are opening new opportunities for operators and retailers to drive revenues and retain customers by extending their offerings across multiple platforms.

With over 70% of U.S. households subscribing to broadband in 2012, consumers are turning to the Internet for both entertainment and home management. One-third of U.S. broadband households regularly use the Internet to watch shows and movies on TV. When presented with a variety of IP-based home monitoring and control services, nearly 65% of U.S. consumers consider at least one energy- or security-related interactive service as highly appealing.

"Consumers are starting to value services and devices within the context of the connected lifestyle," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "Our keynote speakers all bring unique expertise in matching consumer demands to new solutions while leveraging strong brand names to ensure successful deployment."

Kevin Petersen, Senior Vice President – AT&T Digital Life, AT&T Services, will discuss AT&T's new Digital Life solution in the opening keynote ”Beyond Speed…to the Digital Life.” He will present strategies in providing consumers with new service options, regardless of carrier choice and across multiple connected devices. He speaks Tuesday, June 5, 10:15 A.M.

Mike Ritter, Chief Marketing Officer, Consumer and Mass Business Markets, Verizon, will present “The Connected Home: Heart of the Borderless Lifestyle," on Wednesday, June 6, 5:00 P.M. He will discuss Verizon’s vision for the Borderless Lifestyle and new solutions that extend the digital way of life beyond the connected home.

Kristen Bowring, Senior Director, Platform Lead Home and Energy Management, Best Buy, will present solutions in targeting the connected consumer with new concepts and services, stressing the importance of customer-oriented approaches in designing and deploying new innovations and devices in the home. The keynote "Security, Controls, Energy Management, Connected Appliances – Accelerating the Adoption of the Connected Home" will take place Thursday June 7, 10:45 A.M.

CONNECTIONS™ at TIA, June 5-7, Dallas, Tex., is the leading event for service providers, device manufacturers, and advanced technology companies working on solutions for the connected consumer.

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors: CEA, IBM, Hitachi, Actiontec, Affinegy, Allegro Software, Digitalsmiths, F-Secure, Jungo, PacketVideo, Quatrro, Radialpoint, Sutherland Global Services, Verizon, Waterstone Management Group, Arrayent, Irdeto, People Power, Sigma Designs, Veveo, and HomePlug Powerline Alliance.

More information can be found at www.connectionsconference.com.

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 25th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2021 focused on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, home automation and entertainment solutions.

Bringing together more than 1,500 senior executives, CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions. The Parks Associates analyst team leads all conference sessions, which are focused on technology innovations, consumer adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and the evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during virtual networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2021 features sessions on March 24, May 12, May 25-26, July 14, August 18, September 22, and November 9-10. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.